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Winner of: The Christina Stead Award 2005 The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards – Best Fiction Book

In the 1980s Tim Winton made his mark with tough, spare stories about youth and promise, of early parenthood and the challenges of loyalty. Twenty years later, he returned to the form with The Turning, seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia.

Here are turnings of all kinds – changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours – where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves.

Much acclaimed both here and overseas, this tough, tender and elegiac collection is the biggest selling collection of stories from Australia in modern times and has now been made into a major motion film.

About the Author

Tim Winton has published twenty-one books for adults and children, which have been acclaimed both in Australian and abroad. He has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award four times, and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice. He lives in Western Australia.

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4.0

Reading Tim Winton!

By Dazza

from Roma, Qld.

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Pros

  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Not What I Expected

Best Uses

  • Information

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Some years ago, i read a Tim Winton Book, and was fascinated by reading how the 'other half' lived. I have travelled along that part of the WA Coast that comes into the books, and always looking for in-depth info. However, I read first "Signs of Life" and was left somewhat flabbergasted. Talk about LIfe's Losers. Then I read "The Turning" and read again some of the stories I had read years ago. Man Oh Man, Tim does not like winners, hey! I am still fascinated by his ability to give life to his characters, how he reaves words and sentences to make a story. But does anyone ever get happy in Tim's books?
I then started the book "Eyrie". And put it down. And a week or so later started again, before putting it down. Finally, desperate for something to read when it was too darned hot to go outside, I picked it up again, read a few pages, slammed it shut, and consigned it to my shelf for giving to local Library, as I do with most of my books.
Tim's writing, to me, is utterly depressing. He writes about Life's Losers time and time again, and none of them ever become winners. I gather that the 'hero???' of the Eyrie has had a mental breakdown. And that in the end (I always read the end of all books) he dies saving the life (perhaps?) of a small boy, grandson of an old acquaintance of his childhood living in very straitened circumstances, he has struck up a friendship with. Could be a very good read if one was in the mood, but I am not in the mood. The Old Black Dog is always too close, a shadow in the periphery of the eyes. NOT a friend!

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5.0

more delights from the great Tim

By Phil the naturopath

from Toormina NSW

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    • Travel Reading

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    Great bedtime reading. One story a night perfect.

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    Tim Winton

    The pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation, Tim’s literary reputation was established early when his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the 1981 Australian Vogel Award; his second novel Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984; and his third book, Scission, a collection of short stories, won the West Australian Council Literary Award in 1985.

    That Eye the Sky was adapted for the stage by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh, and also made into a film. A second film adaptation was made of In the Winter Dark, featuring Brenda Blethyn.

    Tim’s fifth novel, Cloudstreet, the story of two working-class families rebuilding their lives, was a huge literary and commercial success. It has been a best seller since its publication in 1991 and was recently voted the most popular Australian novel by the Australian Society of Authors. Awards include National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction, 1991; West Australian Fiction Award 1991; Deo Gloria Award (UK), 1991 and the 1992 Miles Franklin Award.

    Cloudstreet, was adapted for the stage by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo, and played to sell-out houses around Australia and in Zurich, London and Dublin in 1999. It toured internationally again in 2001, playing in London, New York and Washington. Film rights have been bought by Cloudstreet Inc. (USA).

    Tim’s 1995 novel The Riders was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and has been translated into numerous languages including French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Greek and Hebrew.

    His books for children and teenagers include the series of three books about the 13 year old Lockie Leonard. The first book in the series, Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo, won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Fiction. It was adapted for the stage by Paige Gibbs and toured nationally with great success. Lockie Leonard, Legend, the most recent in the series, won the Family Award for Children’s Literature. The books are being made into a television series by RB Films.

    In 2001 Tim’s novel, Dirt Music, was published to considerable critical acclaim and impressive reviews. The book was shortlisted for the 2002 Mann Booker Prize and won the 2002 Miles Franklin Award, the West Australian Fiction Award and the Christina Stead Award for Fiction. Film rights have been optioned to Phil Noyce’s film company, Rumbalara Films, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are signed to star in the film.

    The Turning, published in 2004, was described as At once exquisite and unsettling, brimming with imagery so lush and observations so precise the book is almost incandescent (The Bulletin). The Turning was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Queensland Fiction Book Award and the Colin Roderick Award.

    His new novel, Breath, was published by Penguin Books Australia, Picador United Kingdom, Farrar Straus Giroux USA, Harper Collins Canada, de Gues in the Netherlands, Luchterland Germany and Editions Rivages Payot France in 2008.

    Breath was awarded the 2009 Miles Franklin Prize for Literature.

    Tim Winton is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia. Active in the environmental movement in Australia, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community. He is also the patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Stop the Toad Foundation and is active in many of their campaigns. He has recently contributed to the whaling debate with an article published on The Last Whale website. He lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.

    Awards


    Winner - 2003 Australian Society of Authors Medal

    For Adults:
    Breath
    Winner - 2009 Miles Franklin Award
    Winner - 2008 Age Book of the Year Fiction Award
    Winner - 2008 Indie Award
    Shortlisted - 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and the South Pacific Region
    Shortlisted - 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize
    The Turning
    Shortlisted - 2005 Inaugural Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
    Commended - 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book
    Winner - 2005 Queensland Premier's Literary Award, Best Fiction Book
    Winner - 2005 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, Christina Stead Prize
    Joint Winner - 2004 Colin Roderick Award
    Dirt Music
    Shortlisted - 2002 Man Booker Prize
    Shortlisted - 2002 Kiriyama Prize
    Winner - 2002 Miles Franklin Award
    Winner - 2002 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize
    Winner - 2001 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Book of the Year
    Winner - 2001 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
    Winner - 2001 Good Reading Award - Readers Choice Book of the Year
    Winner - 2001 Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award
    The Riders
    Shortlisted - 1995 Booker Prize
    Winner - 1995 Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region
    Cloudstreet
    Winner - 1992 Deo Gloria Award
    Winner - 1991 NBC Banjo Award for Literature
    Winner -1991 Miles Franklin Award
    Joint Winner - 1991 Western Australia Premier's Book Award - Fiction
    Minimum of Two and Other Stories
    Winner - 1988 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
    Scission and Other Stories
    Joint Winner - 1985 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
    Winner - 1985 Western Australian Council Literary Award
    Shallows
    Winner - 1984 Miles Franklin Literary Award
    Joint Winner - 1985 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
    An Open Swimmer
    Winner - 1981 Australian/Vogel National Literary Award

    For Children and Young Adults:
    Lockie Leonard, Legend
    Winner - 1998 Family Award for Children's Literature
    Blueback
    Winner - 1998 Bolinda Audio Book Awards
    Winner - 1998 Wilderness Society Environment Award
    Winner - 1999 WAYRBA Hoffman Award for Young Readers
    Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster
    Winner - 1993 Wilderness Society Environment Award
    The Buglalugs Bum Thief
    Winner - 1994 CROW Award (Children Reading Outstanding Writers): Focus list (Years 3-5)
    Winner - 1998 YABBA Awards: Fiction for Younger Readers
    Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo
    Winner - 1993 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award
    Winner - 1996 YABBA Awards: Fiction for Older Readers
    Joint winner - 1991 Western Australian Premier's Book Award: Children's Book
    Jesse
    Winner - 1990 Western Australian Premier's Book Award: Children's Book

    Visit Tim Winton's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9781742613581
    ISBN-10: 9781741967258
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 1st August 2013
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.1
    Weight (kg): 0.24
    Edition Number: 1